After of course the search engine and email services, Google’s hugely popular service is the one with its maps. The online services giant has announced that it has created a number of new apps for “Google Maps”.
The most interesting is an augmented reality app that the company called “Indoor Live View”. Users can activate it when they are indoors; such as airports, train stations, shopping malls, etc. The screen of the user’s mobile phone will display graphics (arrows, icons and information) that will reveal what is around him where he is, so that he can easily find something he is looking for: a store, a front door, the baggage claim point, the toilet, etc. This service will be immediately available to residents of major American cities and in the coming months will begin to be available to residents of other countries.
A second application —which will be available in a few months— concerns the provision of information to people who are going to travel, on the weather conditions and air quality, on the route they will make and on their final destination. This application will be particularly useful —as Google says— to people suffering from allergies.
The third application is… environmentally friendly; since taking into account a number of factors —such as the morphology of the roads (uphill, turns, gradients, etc.), but also the traffic— it will indicate to the driver a route by which he will consume less fuel, in order to reach his destination and at the same —more or less— time he would take if he followed one of the… conventional routes, to where he wants to go.
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